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WATCH: Marriage equality stories from Washington state

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

New Left Media has a new video on R74 in Washington state, the initiative to approve marriage equality. Via Towleroad:

New Left Media’s latest beautiful video on the marriage equality battle in Washington in association with TheFour.com features state representative Jamie Pedersen and his partner Eric and their four beautiful sons, Jeff, a law student with two moms, and Debbie and Anna, a lesbian couple with two sons, and their hopes for the future.

3 Comments October 16, 2012

Washington State marriage equality round-up

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

– The anti-gay campaign in Washington state recently released its first ad. Its full of the same distortions typically used in these campaigns. Washington United For Marriage responds, “”They are busted,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “There is nothing new here, nothing that they haven’t dredged up before, and nothing that’s held up to to the light of day. This is about one thing only — misleading and scaring voters. We believe people have wised up to these lies and understand that extending marriage to all loving couples is about fundamental fairness. Simply put, our law hurts no one, and better protects all loving couples and their families. ”

“It’s ironic to us that our opponents, who claim to oppose the freedom to marry on behalf of children and families, would actually seek to treat one set of children differently from another,” added Silk. “If they really cared about doing all that we can as a society to help kids succeed and thrive, then they should embrace marriage for those parents so that all families are treated equally and fairly.””

The ad is fact-checked by the marriage equality campaign here.

– Nordstrom, a fashion retailer in Washington, endorsed marriage equality.

– The city of Tacoma, WA endorsed marriage equality.

6 Comments October 15, 2012

Equality news round-up: state marriage equality campaigns, and more

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

– The Washington Blade has the new written guidelines protecting same-sex binational couples.

– Corporations are coming out in support of the Uniting American Families Act. Immigration Equality (who also filed a now-stayed challenge to Section 3 of DOMA, Blesch v. Holder) is leading the effort to get businesses on board.

– In a new ad, a Washington state Republican explains why she supports marriage equality. Also in Washington, the standard anti-gay attacks are beginning.

– A new poll in Maine shows 55% of Mainers support marriage equality.

– A report on the campaign for marriage equality in Washington.

16 Comments October 10, 2012

Equality news round-up: ballot initiative fights heat up, and more

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

Binational same-sex couples need more.

– BusinessWeek discusses marriage equality on the ballot in November in Washington, Maryland, and Maine.

– Roy Moore, who’s running for chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court told a Tea Party crowd that same sex marriage will lead to “the ultimate destruction of our country.” Rep. Patricia Todd (D-Birmingham), who is a lesbian, said his comments were “almost laughable.”

Anti-gay marriage campaigners in Maine have launched their ads.

– GOP candidate for senate in Connecticut now supports repeal of DOMA. The Democratic candidate also supports repeal.

– Here’s a look at Prop 8 at the Supreme Court.

October 8, 2012

Washington state marriage equality round-up:

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

– Rick Santorum is scheduled to host fundraisers to raise money against R74, the Washington State referendum on marriage equality in November. Washington United for Marriage is asking opponents of marriage equality to rescind the invitation, given Santorum’s virulently anti-gay rhetoric. Via press release:

Noting that Rick Santorum has built his profile largely by degrading and insulting gay and lesbian Americans, Washington United for Marriage (WUM) called on Preserve Marriage Washington (PMW) and the Family Policy Institute of WA (FPI) to withdraw their invitation to him. The former senator and presidential candidate is scheduled to headline two fund raising events on Oct. 9 and 10 to boost the treasury of the organizations’ efforts to reject Referendum 74 and the state’s bipartisan marriage law.

At the same time, Zach Silk, WUM campaign manager, released a four-page memorandum to the media and other interested parties, outlining the extreme statements and actions Santorum has taken through the years in attacking gay and lesbian Americans and their families. The memorandum is attached as a PDF and included below.

“There isn’t a living politician who has built his bona fides more on the backs of gay and lesbian Americans than Rick Santorum,” said Silk. “This is someone who has likened same-sex marriage to the tragedies of 9/11, calling it the ‘ultimate homeland security’ issue. If they are committed to the rhetoric on their website and spouted endlessly across the state, they should cancel these events and tell Rick Santorum he is not welcome in Washington.”

– The campaign released two ads recently on the referendum’s protection of religion:




– Washington United for Marriage has also detailed how college students are gearing up for the vote, via press release:

More than 24 universities and colleges now have student-led leadership teams which are driving a new level of campus involvement in defending the bipartisan marriage law and Referendum 74 through chapters of Students United for Marriage (SUM). These SUM teams, which are expanding daily, will focus on voter registration, volunteer recruitment, broad outreach and GOTV activities.

Washington United for Marriage (WUM) reports that SUM teams are established on a variety of campuses, from smaller community colleges such as Green River Community College and Spokane Falls Community College, to Jesuit and Catholic institutions such as Seattle University and Gonzaga University, to large state schools such as the University of Washington and Washington State University, and even on nearby out-of-state campuses, including the University of Idaho. All told, the campuses represent more than 200,000 students.

Campus leadership teams and supporters represent a wide variety of students and student groups including Democrats, Republicans, LGBT groups, environmentalists, athletes, fraternities and sororities, and student leaders.

“Seventy-five percent of young people, between the age of 18 and 26, support the freedom to marry,” said WUM campaign manager Zach Silk. “Young people just fundamentally get it. In fact, many of them can’t believe that our law would face this kind of challenge. They want to marry the person they love one day, and they want the same for their friends and family. To them, it’s just that simple. We are so grateful for this outpouring of student support.”

Activities around college campuses this week include more than 20 student phone banks across the state, and canvassing on or near all of the campuses with Students for Marriage chapters.

13 Comments October 5, 2012

Washington State’s Marriage Fact Check takes on distortion of R74 in the September 25 debate

By Scottie ThomastonGoal Thermometer

Last month we pointed to the new campaign fact-check effort by Washington United for Marriage, called ‘Marriage Fact Check’, that serves as an information source to rebut the claims coming from the anti-gay side of the fight to pass marriage equality in the state.

On September 25, a televised debate took place on R74, Washington state’s marriage equality initiative. Marriage Fact Check has written its report on the issues discussed. Unsurprisingly, the pro-“traditional marriage” side of the debate brought out the usual complaints about marriage equality. They said same-sex parents are worse. They said domestic partnerships are the same as marriage. They said business owners and churches will be legally affected by marriage equality.

The fact check of this debate is here. And the initiative goes to the voters this November. The latest poll on the initiative shows 55% supportive of marriage equality.

21 Comments October 4, 2012

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